Pick 2: San Diego vs. Kansas City and Houston vs. Pittsburgh

Pick 2: San Diego vs. Kansas City and Houston vs. Pittsburgh

The Teaser: Pair San Diego and Houston

Game 1: San Diego vs. Kansas City

The Initial Line:

San Diego -4 home vs. Kansas City

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to San Diego’s line

The Final Line:

San Diego +4.5

The Breakdown:

San Diego had a scare in Oakland on Sunday, but was able to come back and pull out the victory 31-28. It was back and forth as each team scored 7 pts the first 3 quarters, but after trailing 28-21 with 10 minutes left San Diego reeled off 10 unanswered points. Philip Rivers had another MVP caliber game, throwing for 313 yds and 3 TDs. Rookie Branden Oliver also had a great game filling in at RB, rushing for his 2nd straight 100 yd game and a TD. Kansas City had a bye in week 6, after losing in San Francisco 22-17 the week before. They now sit at 2-3 on the season, and rank 3rd in the AFC West division.

Surprisingly San Diego leads Denver and Kansas City in the AFC West, sitting at 5-1 with 5 straight victories. Philip Rivers is a major reason why, as he has had 4 straight games with a passer rating over 120 and sits 3rd in the league in passing yds and 2nd in TD passes. Let’s not overlook the defense either, who ranks 4th in opp. passing yds and 9th in opp. rushing yds. This should be a good divisional battle, but San Diego is the better team and should move to 4-0 on the season at home and clinch their 6th straight victory. Take San Diego at +4.5 for a little insurance.

Game 2: Houston vs. Pittsburgh

The Initial Line:

Houston +3 away vs. Pittsburgh

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Houston’s line

The Final Line:

Buffalo +10.5

The Breakdown:

Houston suffered a home defeat on Thursday Night Football, losing to Indianapolis 33-28. The game looked like it might get out of hand as Indy took an early 24-0 lead, but Houston and JJ Watt fought back and had their opportunities to win it at the end. The defense forced 2 turnovers (Watt returned 1 fumble for a TD), but they had 2 offensive fumbles of their own which proved costly in the end. Pittsburgh got manhandled in Cleveland, losing 31-10 after barely beating them at home in week 1. Clevelands RB tandem of Tate and Crowell each had at least 75 yds on the ground and added 3 rush TDs total. Ben Roethlisberger only completed 50% of his passes, with 1 TD and 1 INT.

Houston now sits at 3-3 on the season, despite losing their last 2 games by a combined 8 points. They are a much improved team from 2013, as Pittsburgh seems to struggle more and more as the weeks progress. Arian Foster has rushed for at least 100 yds in 4 of the last 5 games, and he should have success against a Pittsburgh team that allows 111 yds/game on the ground. Houston’s defense also is tied for 1st in the NFL with 14 takeaways in 6 games. Expect them to get pressure on Big Ben in this Monday night matchup, and feel safe taking them at +11.5.

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